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Happy Holidays December 24, 2008

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 For a special holiday treat, I’d like to pass on this musical  gift: Click here, and then click on  “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”   Take a few moments to sit back and listen. Let the tranquility wash over you as you think about all the things that make life worth living.  After that sweet interlude, be sure to check out the Thomas brother’s project Pennyland (click on the 5 min video) as well as  the video clip of their travelling program.  The contrast of then and now is an important perspective to hold on to.

Quilt handmade by my sister Carol

Quilt handmade by my sister Carol

At our house, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Christmas for us is a celebration of generosity,  made possible by the wealth– both spiritual and material– in our lives.  Hanukkah, on the other hand, is a celebration of freedom. With the help of a friend from Israel, we rewrote the blessings which we say in Hebrew when lighting the Menorah candles. Here is is in English:

Blessed are you who fight for freedom. In your honor, we kindle the Hanukkah lights.

Blessed are you who have died for freedom. May we never forget your gift.

A holiday thanks  to Rockhound Place for alerting me to this Peter, Paul and Mary musical tribute to Hanukkah:

The endless creativity of human beings  fills me with awe. What a wonderful world, full of wonderful people, doing wonderful things –so worth a holiday to reflect, enjoy and celebrate.

During this holiday, I plan to center my awareness on these themes:

Generosity, and the prosperity which makes it possible.

Freedom, the key to prosperity and the root of all charity.

I wish for you Joy and Peace,  this season, and always.

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